Blizzard inspires far-from-slushy memories GLEN BURNIE

NEIGHBORS

March 17, 1993|By BONITA FORMWALT

It was inevitable. Anticipating spring, I buy a nice pair of spectator pumps and we have a blizzard. That's what I get for even thinking about white shoes before Memorial Day.

The Blizzard of '93 will include the following memories:

* My husband trying to locate a very, very long extension cord. Although vague about the need, I suspect he wanted to use the hair dryer to de-ice the cable television lines.

* Convincing my children that socks are just mittens without the thumb. Frankly, after going through 11 sets of gloves I think they lost the right to be choosy.

* Wondering who were the fools who felt that pizza delivery was an essential service and ordered one at 1 a.m. -- during a state of emergency! My husband really wants to meet with you to discuss how he and our neighbor spent 90 minutes pushing the delivery car out of the snow.

* Enduring the smugness of owners of four-wheel-drive vehicles. As if two days of bad weather every 10 years can justify that extra 15 grand they paid for their truck.

Think spring, Glen Burnie.

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Thousands of green shamrocks scattered throughout the Chesapeake Square Kmart attest to the commitment of the Glen Burnie community to raise money to find a cure for Muscular Dystrophy. More than 5,200 paper shamrocks have been sold for $1, making this the third straight year the Glen Burnie Kmart has raised the most money of all the Maryland stores.

The annual project is coordinated by Personnel Manager Bonnie Ludwig.

"This is really a tribute to the people of Glen Burnie. We stay [No. 1] because they come in and buy the shamrocks," Ludwig said. "Other stores ask how we sell this many, but we tell them we just ask the customers and they buy them."

Two of the store's greeters have sold more than 3,000 shamrocks between them. Betty Giove has sold more than 2,000 and Betty Fisher more than 1,000.

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Students, teachers and staff members of Woodside Elementary School recently honored custodian Mildred Baker, who retired after spending her entire 26-year career at the school.

Each class put its own special touch on the salute to Baker, Woodside PTA Secretary Jo Ann Phillips said.

"Some classes sang songs, while others did a little skit or read a poem," Phillips said. "One class presented her with balloons and TC inside each one was a special message."

At the end of the program, Principal Frank Rocco presented Baker with a plaque. A second plaque honoring her will be displayed at the school.

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Dianne Rosso and her dance students at Glen Burnie High will hold the 12th annual county dance festival at 7 tonight in the school's auditorium. Eleven county high schools, two middle schools and two elementary schools will be represented at the program.

Ten members of Glen Burnie's dance company will perform a jazz selection. "The New Style" has been choreographed by Rosso and one of her dance students, Christine Downin.

"This has been the most active year for the dancers," Rosso said.

The pace shows no sign of letting up. The Glen Burnie Dance Touring Company will perform for the eighth time this year tomorrow night at Past President's Night at the Glen Burnie Rotary Club.

Next week the troupe will travel to Washington to perform at the National Dance Association of America convention. Glen Burnie is one of only two high schools in the nation invited to participate in the program.

Rosso's pride in her dancers is evident when she speaks of their accomplishments and efforts.

"We will be performing with college dance groups from all across the country, schools like Penn State," Rosso said.

Tonight's performance is open to the public. Admission is $2 and can be purchased at the door.

For more information, call the school office, 761-8950.

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Summer will arrive. You have the word of the Country Club Estates Recreation Association (CCERA).

The CCERA is inviting the community to enjoy a preview of summer when it holds an open house, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the clubhouse on Paul Marr Drive.

Visitors can explore the facilities offered by the association, including a 100-meter pool, a baby pool, playground equipment, basketball and tennis courts and a pavilion.

CCERA members also can enjoy the use of the association's boat ramp on Marley Creek.

The association sponsors a competitive swim team for young athletes.

Membership in the association is open to the public. A discount on the fees is available through March 30.

Chances to win a free family membership are being sold for $1. The winning ticket will be drawn at 5 p.m. Saturday. The winner does not need to be present to win.

For additional information, call 760-8677 or 760-5053.

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The Richard Henry Lee Elementary School PTO is sponsoring a flea market and submarine sandwich sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the school gym and cafeteria.

Admission is free, but early-bird shoppers can get a jump on the buying public -- a $5 fee opens the doors at 7 a.m.

Refreshments will be sold throughout the day. The subs are $3.50 if purchased in advance or $4.50 on Saturday.

Space is available for vendors and crafters. Spaces with tables can be rented for $10. Spaces only are $8.

For information on the flea market or to order cold cut subs in advance, call Lisa Case, 761-3852.

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A representative from North Arundel Hospital will address the members of the District 32 Democratic Club at its monthly meeting tomorrow at the Ferndale Volunteer Fire Company.

The doors open at 7 p.m. A chicken dinner costs $4. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

New members are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 969-9325 or 850-0470.

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Another Baltimore Commodore User's Club will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the North County Library.

The club is open to anyone interested in Commodore 64, 128 and Amiga computers. Tuesday's meeting will include a demonstration of the c64/128 Fleet System. For more information, call Pat Anthony, 760-2047.

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